Hypocritial warmist needs to disclose his dirty coal past
If only the coal company Oliver Yates chaired had done what Yates now demands as climate-crusading candidate for Kooyong.
Yates, running against Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, is one of the “independent” candidates standing against Liberal MPs who are actually supported by the far-left GetUp!, and pushing its globalwarming cause.
Last week he issued his latest green edict: “I want companies to disclose all environmental breaches before the chairman’s report, on their annual report.”
Yates joined Linc Energy’s board in October 2010, having bought nearly $500,000 in shares, and the next month became acting chairman.
Three months earlier, Linc sold the Galilee coal fields to Adani for a project Yates now says “lacks a social licence”.
Linc also tried to make gas by setting fire to coal seams at Chinchilla, in Queensland, including in Yates’ term as acting chairman, although, a District Court judge later found, Linc’s experts had “clearly advised the site was unsuitable”.
The judge added that: “The offences have resulted in a contamination of the groundwater system … the land also faced ongoing explosive and toxicity risks in relation to the escape of contaminants.” He fined Linc $4.5 million for five breaches.
This is GetUp’s green candidate? Hypocrites.